Airtech launches new carbon fiber prepregs
Appears in Print as: 'Low-temperature cure carbon fiber prepregs'
The company’s LTC3 prepregs are said to offer a low temperature cure and high temperature use after post cure, and allow the use of lower cost master model materials.
Airtech Advanced Materials Group (Huntington Beach, CA, US) has introduced its new line of LTC3 Carbon Prepregs, said to offer a low-temperature cure and high-temperature use after post cure, and the use of lower-cost master model materials. According to Airtech, the new prepregs minimize the effects of thermal expansion and offer greater tooling accuracy and less tool/part reworking. The prepregs are offered in three weights:
- LTC3-G1400 is a lightweight tooling prepreg with a low-temperature curefor the manufacture of composite tooling laminates capable of high-temperature use.
- LTC3-G1600 is a heavyweight tooling prepreg with a low-temperature cure for the manufacture of composite tooling laminates capable of high-temperature use.
- LTC3-G1800 is a heavier weight tooling prepreg used to produce molds with a low-temperature cure. The heavyweight material is used to build laminate bulk faster, reducing the number of plies required, saving up to 30% labor time on standard laminates.
Fast-reacting resins and speedier processes are making economical volume manufacturing possible.
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For composite applications, these hollow microstructures displace a lot of volume at low weight and add an abundance of processing and product enhancements.